Ask the Landscaping Expert – Kirsten Hironaka
For many gardeners the month of August begins the downhill slide into off season. Warm climate gardeners have a second chance, but we northern gardeners don’t have a second wind after summer’s heat. Your garden is hardier than you think and there are plenty of gardening tasks for August that will keep your flower and vegetable gardens going longer, as well as opportunities to get a head start on next year’s garden plans.
Garden-To-Do List for the month of August:
- Seed a fall crop of peas and spinach and keep harvesting. There’s always something to make with zucchini.
- Pick herbs for fresh use and for drying. Harvesting will keep them growing longer.
- Order spring bulbs for planting and forcing.
- Check that your mulch hasn’t decomposed and add more as needed.
- Keep deadheading and harvesting.
- Start saving seeds and taking cuttings.
- Remove any diseased foliage now, so it doesn’t get lost in the fall leaves.
- Cut back the foliage of early bloomers to revitalize the plants.
- Prune summer flowering shrubs as the flowers fade.
- Trim and feed handing baskets to prolong their beauty.
- Take pictures of your garden at peak. Take pictures of container combinations you’d like to repeat.
- Plant trees, shrubs and perennials now, so they can take root, and keep them well watered.
- If your trees and shrubs are not on an automatic irrigation system, give them a deep soak to help them beat the heat.
Now sit back and enjoy all you’ve accomplished! 403.327.8722, earthlingsinc.ca.